Tax dollars at work

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, February 9, 2013

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Northwest ISD Assistant Superintendent for Facilities, Planning and Construction Dennis McCreary took center stage at the second straight meeting.

Last meeting, he presented the calendar of tasks leading to the opening of high school No. 3

At the meeting Jan. 31, McCreary presented a breakdown of the 27 projects funded by the 2012 capital bond program and an estimated timeline each would span.

“This is kind of a guideline to judge the progress of each project,” McCreary said. “You can see what all is going on at any given time.”

The district’s third high school, due for completion in 2015, will span the entire schedule, while other projects including roof replacements, security cameras, HVAC replacement, technology and carpeting pop up and are completed.

A sixth middle school begins in 2014.

“This is a fluid schedule, one we will visit constantly,” McCreary said. “It will be largely driven by need. I just wanted to give you a feel for what we’re planning on implementing over the next four years.”

Superintendent Karen Rue shared with the board an email Northwest High School Principal Jason Childress received from Haltom High School prinicpal complimenting the “compassion and dignity” Northwest High students displayed at a basketball game at Haltom Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The email read: “A mother in Haltom City recently lost her mother, nephew and her own two children in a house fire. Our basketball program decided to pass the bucket and collect money to help her financially. When this was announced at halftime of the boys’ varsity game, your student body, in mass, exited the stands and came down on the floor to our side of the gym to make donations …

“We were humbled by their gesture, and it taught us all a lesson that no matter where we might live, we are truly in this together.”

The board also extended Rue’s contract through June 2017. Her salary, now at $247,200, will be revisited during budget-writing in June.

Along with other agenda items, they also approved a guaranteed maximum price of $2,863,591 to convert the practice field at Northwest High School to a 900-seat subvarsity field with artificial turf, stadium seating, lighting, restrooms, a concession stand, a pressbox, PA system, security cameras and scoreboard. Several of the enhancements also include “green” energy-efficient features.

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